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Apple Sharing Apple Maps Location Data To Assist COVID-19 Research

  • April 15, 2020

The Verge (4/14, Peters) reports Apple on Tuesday began “sharing aggregated mobility data from Apple Maps to help public health officials better understand changes in how people are moving in their communities.” The Verge says that the new online tool “is similar to ones offered by Google and Facebook that show mobility trends using location data taken from smartphones,” and it shows “mobility trends for ‘major cities and 63 countries or regions,’ according to the company.” The Verge adds that Apple “says it protects user privacy in Maps by not associating mobility data with a user’s Apple ID and by not keeping a history of a user’s location.”